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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019. 9:36 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Curiously, the People’s United Party and United Democratic Party were formed within days of each other in the same month.

On Friday, the UDP quietly marked 46 years since its formation from an amalgamation of parties in September of 1973 – the National Independence Party, the smaller People’s Development Movement and Liberal Party, and remnants of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD).

After coming agonizingly close in 1974 and 1979, the UDP took power in 1984 under Manuel Esquivel and has led governments in 1993 and since 2008.

The PUP was formed from the old People’s Committee in 1950 on September 29, and while it has suffered splits has remained largely intact and in governance up to 1984, being the party that led Belize to Independence.

Its fortunes have sharply turned since then, trading terms in power from 1984 to 2003 when it won a second consecutive term under Said Musa, then out of power since 2008.

As it has done for the past few years, the party today held its National Party Council event in Belize City.

 

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